Lepidoptera

Here is my current collection of Lepidoptera. If you have any information on the unidentified species, please leave a comment or click the link to the flickr page where you can see the individual pictures and comment there. I have done my best to make sure the identifications are accurate; if any are incorrect, please leave a comment on this page or follow the link to Flickr and comment there. Thank you!

Great Egg-Fly/The Blue Moon – Hypolimnas bolina (male)

(above) The Blue Moon Butterfly or Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina (male) This visited my porch about three days in a row, a couple of times a day, until I managed to get it after dark as it was attracted to my porch light. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530168807/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location Collected – 6°08’58”S, 106°41’43”E – 31st Aug 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Great Egg-Fly/The Blue Moon – Hypolimnas bolina (female)

(above) The Blue Moon Butterfly or Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina (female) – This was given as a gift by the maid who works in the house opposite me. She caught it by hand on the porch of the house. They stay quiet still when settled as the underside of the wings have good camouflage, whereas the topside are brightly coloured. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530170753/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.60”S 106°41’43.48”E – 31st Oct 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Blue Pansy – Junonia orithya

(above) The Blue Pansy Junonia orithya – There is an area of wasteland near my house and around 9/10 of the butterflies there are these. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530168483/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location Collected – 6°09’04”S, 106°41’36”E – 28th Aug 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tawny Coster – Acraea terpsicore

(above) Tawny Coster Acraea terpsicore -Found on long grass at some wasteland near my house. I’ve only just found out how interesting this little butterfly really is. Turns out that it originates from Sri Lanka and India. It has slowly spread across Asia first appearing in Thailand in the 1980s then Malaysia in the 90s. It hadn’t made it as far as Singapore until 2006. Five years after that I get a specimen in Jakarta. What an amazing journey. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530168683/in/set-72157628467263111/ – Location collected – 6°09’05”S, 106°41’35”E – 29th Aug 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

UNKNOWN – Please help identify, if you can

(above) This picture is a bit dark, the yellow is a lot stronger and deeper than it shows. I picked this off a motorbike number plate outside my work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530170895/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’40.65”S 106°42’20.87”E – 5th Nov 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

UNKNOWN – Please help identify, if you can

(above) A friend caught this with her hands at Anyer beach. By the time I had got it in a jar it was quite damaged, losing most the colour from the wings. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530171017/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°10’59.32”S, 105°50’34.92”E – 3rd Dec 2011 – Anyer Beach, West Java, Indonesia.

Crotalaria Moth – Utetheisa lotrix

(above) Crotalaria Moth Utetheisa lotrix – This is an amazing little moth. It looks as though someone has speckled the wings with a tiny paint brush, lots of little squares and triangles. wish I had spread the wings properly, but this was my first moth and I spread it in an ‘at rest’ position.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/6530171385/in/set-72157628467263111/ – Location collected – 6°08’58.26”S 106°41’43.35”E – 9th Oct 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Common Evening Brown – Melanitis leda leda

 (above) Common Evening Brown Melanitis leda leda – Settled on a wall in an open front restaurant at about 9:30pm at night. I walked up and hand picked it off. The wing was already damaged and a second specimen I have is a lot worse. I believe that because they stay very still and don’t try to flee when posed with danger, natural selection has gradually got rid of the poorer patterns and we are left with a very well camouflaged underside wing. This would also explain why every specimen I manage to glimpse of this species is extremely damaged. I’m sure allsorts of things stumble across them in the undergrowth, even if they’re not on the menu. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7354360144/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’35.97”S 106°42’25.41”E – 13th Dec 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Graphium agamemnon – Tailed Green Jay

Polyalthia longifolia Trees

 (above) The Tailed Jay Graphium agamemnon – A great looking butterfly and very common. This was netted next to my work. I go round the corner for a smoking break and there is a row of five or six trees called Polyalthia longifolia. These are used all over Jakarta in building developments as they can be effective at blocking noise, very resistant to pollution (useful in Jakarta) and are genrally nice-looking trees. They are also the favourite host plant of, not only this speices of butterfly but many others. Great place the take a rest from work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7354684350/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’41.00”S 106°42’20.42”E – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Striped Albatross – Appias Libythea olferna

(above) Striped Albatross Appias Libythea olferna – A common butterfly in Jakarta, I often see the male and females fluttering together as I travel to work. I actually netted a pair, presumably mating, in my wife’s village near Slawi, Central Java. The male and female are quite different in appearance. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7354726048/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°09’01.22”S 106°41’45.03”E – Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Common Bushbrown – Mycalesis perseus

(above) The Common Bushbrown or  Dingy Bushbrown Mycalesis perseus (Butler, 1867) – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171198057/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°09’01.22”S 106°41’45.03”E – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lime Butterfly – Papilio demoleus malayanus

(above) The Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus malayanus (Wallace, 1865) – This is a beautiful looking butterfly and very common in my area. This specimen was netted on my front porch, it was attracted to a lemon plant I have growing in a pot, hence the name. I particularly like this species as it was Alfred Russel Wallace who first identified this species in Sumatra. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171261891/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.22”S 106°41’43.31”E – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Common Palmfly – Elymnias hypermnestra agina

(above) The Common Palmfly Elymnias hypermnestra agina (Fruhstorfer, 1902) – I had had the female for almost a year without any clue as to which species it was. All I could go on was that it looked a bit like a monarch and Lacewing butterfly in pattern. The Male was identified as a Common Palmfly quiet easily from a field guide book on common butterflies of Singapore. This then led me to find out that the Common Palmfly is dimorphic (the males and females look different), I came across a picture of a female on the internet and that put a name to my unidentified specimen. Strange that they had been sat in the same box together, almost next to each other, with me thinking they were different species. Turns out the females do mimic the Danaus genus which is the Monarchs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171371371/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – Male, 6°08’57.09”S 106°41’42.45”E, 25th Jan 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia  – Female, 6°08’58.34”S, 106°41’43.25”E, 23rd Aug 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Painted Jezebel – Delias hyparete matarete

(above) The Painted Jezebel Delias hyparete matarete (Butler, 1879) – The topside of the wings are plain and just look like a striped Albatross, the underside on the otherhand is beautifully coloured with a pastel yellow and red. Very pretty. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171421093/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.35”S 106°41’42.63”E – 25th Jan 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

BF014 – Striped Blue Crow – Euploea mulciber – Female

BF016 – Striped Blue Crow – Euploea mulciber – Female

BF018 – Striped Blue Crow – Euploea mulciber – Female

(above) The Striped Blue Crow Euploea mulciber (Cramer, 1777) – These puzzle me as the three specimens above are all female; yet they vary in size and the bottom one (BF018) has a blue-tinted patch towards the apex of the forewing, on the upperside. The species is dimorphic so the males look a lot different (See the specimen below). Maybe the females vary within the species, too. If anyone can shed some light on this, I would be most grateful.

BF014 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171594281/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.29”S, 106°41’43.39”E – 31st Jan 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

BF016 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171613449/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.71”S, 106°41’43.11”E – 3rd Feb 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

BF018 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171620533/in/set-72157628467263111 –  Location collected – 6°08’59.00”S 106°41’43.22”E – 5th Feb 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

BF015 – Striped Blue Crow – Euploea mulciber – Male

BF017 – Striped Blue Crow – Euploea mulciber – Male

(above) The Striped Blue Crow Euploea mulciber (Cramer, 1777) – I’m not entirely happy with the identification of these Striped Blue Crow specimens. If anyone can confirm that they are all Euploea mulciber, I would be happier. These two males seem accurate but there are still some slight differences. Is this species highly variable? or are they wrongly identified?

BF015  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7356852648/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.34”S, 106°41’43.36”E – 6th Jan 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

BF017 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakarta_entomology/7171676805/in/set-72157628467263111 – Location collected – 6°08’58.80”S, 106°41’43.37”E – 3rd Feb 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia.

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